Help others with the gift of music

Legacy Christmas: treasured carols of the Kirk, is a beautiful album of Celtic-influenced carols supporting Living Waters for the World and the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering fund. Featuring acclaimed musicians and Irish vocalist Alyth McCormack (The Chieftains), the record is receiving rave reviews, with all proceeds benefiting clean water and wellness for children and their families throughout the world. Legacy Christmas makes a wonderful stocking stuffer (complete with a gift card describing the project) and is available at The Presbyterian Church in Burlington at our Sunday coffee hours or by calling the church at 781-272-9190.

A Place at the Table

Join the Presbyterian Church in Burlington for an evening of dialogue and action!

WHAT: Free film screening of ‘A Place at the Table’
WHEN: Friday, Nov 8 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: The Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St, Burlington

Free Admission: food donations for the Burlington Food Pantry will be accepted

Co-sponsors/Partners: [other names of organizations], Active Voice, Participant Media, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Featuring: Bob Hogan (selectman), Christine Shruhan (Dir. Community Life Center),

Libby Walendziewicz (Vice Chairman of the Board of Health)

Our community is part of a national campaign connecting efforts against obesity and hunger toward building a healthier country. Featuring an exclusive screening of Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s acclaimed film A Place at the Table, we’ll examine the state of food access, hunger and obesity in our community and next steps for making healthy food available and affordable for all.
Don’t miss this special screening event!

“A Place at the Table is an engaging and enraging movie that will enlist supporters for its cause.” – Variety

“A Place at the Table doesn’t offer any answers. Instead, it asks you to help find them by getting involved, which is the mark of an excellent documentary.” — Toronto Film Scene

RSVP to 781-272-9190 or burlpres@aol.com or on Facebook

For information and updates on hunger in America, text “FOOD” to 77177.

YAV – Young adult volunteer to work with BPC

The Boston Faith & Justice Network (BFJN) , a community of Christians committed to alleviating poverty and promoting just stewardship partners with Burlington Presbyterian Church, a dynamic congregation located in the Boston metro area, as a YAV host site. The YAV placed at this site will work on a variety of projects including but not limited to development and implementation of food justice educational programming, youth engagement in food systems work, a set of recommendations for shifting food consumption towards more just patterns, and leadership of an economic discipleship curriculum.

Read mroe here!

Gathering of Remembrance, Unity and Hope

Dear Friends,

You are invited – from Burlington or your own community – to share with neighbors of different faiths in a Gathering of Remembrance, Unity and Hope this Saturday.

When: Saturday, 6:30-7:00 p.m. April 27, 2013
Where: Burlington MA Town Common
Who: Everyone young and old
What: A time not so much of vigil, or memorial – but more of making visible the bonds of community that are so important following the Boston bombings and the hope that leads us forward from here. There will be leaders and speakers from Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, and music. There will also be an opportunity to sign cards to be sent to those recovering from injury. Especially valuable is the participation of members of the Islamic Center in this gathering.

SO PLEASE…consider our church’s commitment to “doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God” and be part of a good turnout on the Common. Chances are it could fit in before your other plans for Saturday evening. NOTE: I have offered our church as source of some volunteers to give handouts to people as they gather on the Common. So please let me know if you are interested, and can arrive by 6:15 on Saturday!

Thanks and peace,
Rod

Winter Light Retreat

Winter Light Retreat at The Presbyterian Church

On Saturday, February 2, from 12:30-4:00 p.m., the Presbyterian Church will welcome
guests who would like to take part in a retreat called “Winter Light: Discerning Our Path.” This
date marks the traditional church celebration called “Candlemas,” which falls forty days after
Christmas. As a time halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, it is a good
time to share in gratitude for light, including, for Christians, God’s light in Jesus.

There will be an opportunity for participants to pause and ponder the light and shadow in
their own lives. We will share in small groups what it might mean for us to be on a clearer path. There will also be plenty of hands on activities: a highlight will be the making of candles, which will then be used in a closing time of worship and blessing. Candlemas is a traditional time for blessing the candles which will be used in the household in the coming year.

There will also be journaling, an art activity, and a chance for quiet conversation and
contemplation.

For more information, or to register to attend, please call the church at 781-272-9190. For
more information about the church visit http://www.burlingtonpres.org. The church is located at 335
Cambridge Street, Burlington, and welcomes seekers, believers, questioners and doubters from
all backgrounds.

January happenings at BPC

Blessings on this winter’s day!

1. BPC’s Annual Meeting is this Saturday
Ice cream sundaes: 1:30 Call to Order: 2:00
For all members and friends
Find out what’s happening as we review our annual report
and the budget for 2013; elect our new officers; approve pastoral terms of call; and hear a special report from the Mission Exploration
Team – and share your own thoughts.

2. Bakers needed! If you can provide some baked goodies for the
People Helping People fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza (Route 62, across from MITRE), next Tuesday, January 22, please let Rod know. Goodies should be delivered at 4:30. And enjoy supper at Flatbread – a percentage of all sales helps People Helping People.

3. For Sunday, January 20 – a “talk sermon”
Let’s hear what one another has to say. Based on the gospel, John 2:1-12 (Jesus at the wedding in Cana)–
What gives you joy in being part of Christ, and part of his body, the church?

Stay warm and well–
Rod

Advent begins at BPC

Dear BPC Family,

Two special events to bring folks together as Advent begins this weekend:

Saturday, 6:30-7:30 pm Community Christmas Sing Along (followed by cookies, hot chocolate, and a “special visitor”)
Bring friends and sing!

Sunday, after worship Advent Event for Sunday School families
After a hearty coffee hour, we will create a Nativity Scene (Creche) for
our church – there’ll be something to do for children, youth and parents

…and a big Thank You to all who contributed to our food-and-checks collection for the food pantry of the Presbyterian Church of the Moriches in Long Island. It will be on the way to its destination tomorrow.

Advent peace,
Rod

Sustainable Green House Farming and CSA Program

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7 P.M., Farmer Dave will be speaking at Burlington Presbyterian Church about the CSA program and about his foreign aid work in the Republic of Georgia.

Over the past year, Farmer Dave has been providing technical assistance to new greenhouse owners in Georgia. They were using natural hot springs to heat greenhouses in the winter months to grow vegetables. This would reduce the importation of these vegetables, thereby providing jobs, bringing wealth to the country, and providing a better, healthier food supply. Dave was surprised at how much he was able to help show them that by operating the greenhouses properly, you can maximize yields and reduce the occurrence of insects and diseases, making pesticides virtually unneeded.

For the third year running, Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, have teamed up to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington through a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers become shareholders of the farm for the season by paying for their share of the harvest upfront, and in return receive a share of freshly-harvested produce for 20 weeks from mid-June through late October. Shares will be conveniently boxed and ready for pick-up on Monday afternoons at Burlington Presbyterian Church. Every share includes generous portions of the season’s bounty, each in its due time, including summer favorites such as tomatoes and corn, cooking staples like onions, carrots and potatoes, as well as chefs’ picks like chard, beets, and other novelties to experiment with throughout the season. The CSA also offers a fruit share featuring raspberries, blueberries, melons, peaches, nectarines, and apples. Farmer Dave employs sustainable farming methods to ensure products that are healthy, nutritious, tasty and responsibly grown.

Farmer Dave’s (http://www.farmerdaves.net) is based in Dracut, MA. Farmer Dave Dumaresq grew up working on farms in Dracut. Through the Peace Corps and other agencies he has helped farmers in Ecuador, and other Latin American countries become more sustainable. In 1997 he returned to Dracut to farm. In 2006 Farmer Dave purchased and helped to preserve a 30 acre farm in Dracut that will remain as productive farmland for future generations. Farmer Dave is committed to growing high quality, healthy food that is good for the people who eat it, the workers who tend it, and land that provides it, year after year. In addition to serving the Burlington community, Farmer Dave’s offers CSA shares in Dracut, Tewksbury, Lawrence, Somerville, Gloucester, Beverly, Jamaica Plain, Malden, and Boston.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Hey BPC!

Join the Youth and me in collecting canned goods for the annual Souper Bowl of Caring.

Check out the details here: http://www.souperbowl.org/

We’ll be collecting items prior to Chuch on the morning of the big game – Feb. 5th.

We typically look for canned goods, but any non-perishable items are helpful. In the event you forget, we’ll certainly take cold, hard cash :).

What ever you can donate to the effort would be greately appreciated.

Thanks,
Brian and the Youth